While China gets a new government, or at least in the eyes of Japan, the British are trying to cope with the rationing of meat and dairy products by trying out some new recipes. More importantly, Germany seems to be very serious about invading Norway. However, the British also plan to move closer to Norway.
April 9th, 1940… Weser Day. Now that is a difficult day for me. Not only is it the day of Germany’s invasion of Denmark, but it is also my dad’s birthday!
Hopefully, you guys will do special episodes on Operation Weserübung (“The Invasion of Scandinavia”), and cover the utter shamble both Norwegian and Danish defences against the German invasion were, because frankly, there is quite a bit to talk about there! Not only militarily, but certainly also politically.
You guys already mentioned some of it, in fact, with regards to Ulrich Stang and Colonel Oster — both traitors to their respective masters. It’s such a paradox with those two, I tell you.
Also, if you guys haven’t already seen the Danish movie, “April 9th” (Danish: “Den 9 April”) it is wholeheartedly recommended. It gives a good glimpse at Denmark in the days leading up to April 9th from Denmark’s perspective.
Since Indy lives in Sweden, I am sure he can fetch a copy. CDON (https://cdon.se/film/invasionen-av-danmark-36786558) has it available. In Swedish we call it “Invasionen av Danmark”. 🙂
So, it will finally happen — invasion. Operation Weserübung — the German code-name for the joint invasion of Denmark and Norway!
After months and months on end, the “phoney war” very much becomes a live-action engagement once again! Germany will be taking action in the field and invade Denmark and Norway, so their attention can once again be fully turned towards main course — France and Britain!
But, wait a minute, where did this come from? Why Denmark? Why Norway? Both of these countries have declared themselves neutral, and even Britain and France clearly haven’t got the stomach to actually invade Norway anyhow, so why? Why would Germany take such a risk?
Well… Norway would “have” to be invaded (by Germany) to prevent the French and the British from effectively landing in Norway and progressing into Sweden, seizing control of the ore mines at Gällivare and Kiruna. Yes, were such action to be undertaken by France and Britain, it would certainly lead to war between Norway/Sweden and France/Britain, meaning the likeliness of sending Swedish and Norway on a straight path into the arms of Hitler and Germany would be catastrophically high — from the perspective of France and Britain, at least. And that is also why the allies haven’t made any serious attempts towards an invasion of Norway themselves. So what is all this about?
Well, for those of you out there who are intrigued and dedicated enough to follow this channel week by week (if you are, kudos to you!), some of you might recall a tiny little incident (by comparison to the larger scheme of this war (The Finnish Winter War in particular, especially the heavy Soviet assault on Finland during those days!)) that took place back on the 16-17 of February 1940, involving a German transport ship, the “Altmark”, a British destroyer by the name of “HMS Cossack”, and the clear violation of Norwegian neutrality by both the Allies and Germany — collectively known as “The Altmark Incident”.
For those of you wanting to know more about the Altmark incident, you can check it out right here, covered by our dear Indy (Once he’s done with his phone call of that week! ❤ ): https://youtu.be/a0O3otS8CLw?list=PLsIk0qF0R1j4Y2QxGw33vYu3t70CAPV7X&t=487
However, the “Altmark” incident is a pivotal reason behind Adolf Hitler’s decisions to order that plans be drawn up for an invasion of Denmark and Norway, collectively Operation Weserübung, since neither the Allies nor the Germans really feel they can trust Norway at this point.
The invasion of Denmark, on the other hand, can, at least initially, be boiled down to “collateral damage”. Denmark is invaded to prevent the French and British from driving a wedge in between Germany, Norway, and Sweden to in an attempt to disrupt German supplies send from the ore mines.
The landing-strip of Aalborg airport is especially of interest to Hitler, as it will provide Germany with an excellent position from where patrolling Luftwaffe aircraft can patrol the inner waters (Great Belt and Oresund) of Denmark, which the German ion ore supplies would have to pass through en-route to Germany.
And as we’ve seen it so many times before in this war, indecisiveness is the keyword for France and Britain this week. In fact, I’m tempted to call it their Modus Operandi — “mode of operating”; seemingly doing absolutely nothing except talking and giving off the impression of fighting a war.
And as for the future? Well…
Cheers, guys; thanks for uploading.
Love from Sweden. ❤
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